Thermally Compensated Fabry-Perot MEMS Pressure Sensor

Pressure sensing during plastic injection molding is critical to the quality of manufactured consumer and commercial goods and need to be able to operate up to temperatures of 350°C and pressures up to 10,000 psi. In this case, pressure is measured using a membrane to infer displacement and depending on the conditions, the membrane may be directly exposed to the load. In the majority of cases, pressure transfer fluids such as mercury, are used to protect the sensor from the high temperature of the plastic melt and to facilitate remote sensing.

Recycling of Urea-Formaldehyde Resin-Bonded Particleboard and MDF

The large global production quantity of particleboard and medium density fiberboard (MDF) creates equal quantity of particleboard and MDF waste after completing their service life. Given increasing demand for green products and the new government’s environmental policies, it is urgent to develop technologies to recycle these used composite panels into valuable raw materials for manufacturing composites again.
This research will focus on the development of recycling solutions for waste Urea-formaldehyde (UF) resin-bonded particleboard and MDF.

oN DuTy! – Innovative Program on NonDestructive Testing (NDT)

NonDestructive Testing (NDT) is a key discipline in major industrial sectors to ensure quality and safety. Several methods are regularly employed in areas ranging from x-ray or ultrasound testing of metallic or composite components in the automotive and aerospace industries, to the inspection of petrochemical ducts using eddy currents or acoustical emissions. The present proposal combines different NDT-related subjects under the oN DuTy!

Order picking optimization at a pickup-van storage manufacturing warehouse

Ranger Design is a manufacturer of van storage units and accessories. Since order picking activities are considered to be an integral part of its warehouse operations and perceived to be conducive to significant improvements, re-engineering and optimization of the order picking process are in order. As such, the company is looking for an opportunity to reduce the travel time involved in order picking by re-engineering and optimizing the order picking process.

Mean flow stress modeling towards development of high strength steel

Hot rolling is one of the most significant processes during modern steel production. Complex metallurgical phenomena could take place during and after the application of high pressure and temperature, which largely affect the product properties. A simulation or model that could predict these microscopic events real time is extremely beneficial in the production.

Development of Machining Strategies for Low Machinability Powder Metallurgy Ni-Alloys

Nickel based alloys manufactured via powder metallurgy (PM) are the next generation of materials that offer great service performance and increased efficiency of gas turbine engines. This class of material is characterized by their poor machinability. Additionally, limited information is known about the integrity of machined surfaces; thus limiting its acceptance by the industry.

Scheduling for Meal-Kit Industry

The partner is experiencing difficulties in finding an efficient solution for planning and scheduling the production in meal processing plants. The challenges involve rapid degradation of fresh food ingredients, a wide variety of products and demand which cannot be predicted in advance. The partner spends a lot of time on tactical management of business activities. During this research, the intern will analyse the current business practices and provide a scientific solution to production planning in the food industry.

Towards a Universal Polymer Crosslinker

A crosslink is a chemical bond that links one polymer chain to another. Adding crosslinks can enhance the strength of polymers, and can improve performance at high temperatures. In this collaboration between Epic Ventures Inc and the Wulff Research Group at the University of Victoria, we are inventing a new family of chemical crosslinkers that will literally work with any polymer that contains carbon–hydrogen bonds.

Magnetorheological Fluid Actuators for various industries

Exonetik designs, develops and manufactures magnetorheological (MR) actuator systems that enable novel functionalities to satisfy unmet customer needs. In collaboration with Exonetik engineers, interns will participate in the design, development and testing of customized magnetorheological actuators for three specific applications in the automotive, manufacturing and health sectors. The expected results of these subprojects will be prototypes that will be tested to demonstrate the added value that the technology can provide.

Lateral resistance of Midply walls used as infills in Japanese Post and Beam Construction

Midply walls have higher lateral resistance than traditional light wood frame shear walls, by creating double shear in fasteners and having larger edge distance. There is also a potential to use Midply wall as infills in Japanese Post and Beam construction, in order to improve the seismic performance of the current system. Little research has been done in this area. The proposed project will investigate the effect of different fasteners, stud material, and sheathing thickness on the behavior of Midply walls.